Musings Of A Nerd

Postcards from Midgar: Final Fantasy VII Remake

I remember it like it was yesterday, E3 2015. Bethesda blew our collective minds during their conference with a surprise Fallout 4 announcement, copious gameplay footage, and a drop date set for the same year. Then, like a felled warrior dosed with Phoenix Down, the Sony conference soared into life with a Final Fantasy VII...

28 Days Of Black Cosplay Is Here!

    It's that time of year! We're kicking off #28DaysOfBlackCosplay and our first feature is with Chocolate Covered Cosplay (C3 for short). Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, C3 has been killing the cosplay game with equal parts sexy and kawaii. From cosplay calendars to convention panels these ladies are making their mark in the geek...

New Series Alert: Hermione Granger and the Quarter Life Crisis

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By Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael   I've been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. I don’t recall learning how to read or being introduced to books. My love for words is just as old as I am. It is at the beginning of me. Yet, in all that time, there wasn’t a character I...

Blackness in 2016: Part 3 – Society

By  Cheyenne Matthews-Hoffman Part 1 - Music and Sports Part 2 - Film and TV   There were so many fantastic displays of blackness this year that it’s nearly impossible to quantify. We have Harriet Tubman replacing noted racist Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. President Obama hosted SXSL a White House festival modeled after SXSW where, for...

Blackness in 2016: Part 1 – Music & Sports

By Cheyenne Matthews-Hoffman   At this point, we can all agree that 2016 was absolutely horrible. From hashtags to news articles, everyone everywhere decided that this year was a gigantic dumpster fire never to be spoken of again. And despite the intense horribleness of this trashcan year, Black people proved to be the shining light in...

My Five Favorite Finds of 2016

The common refrain is that 2016 was a long string of misery broken up by frequent side quests into the truly absurd. In fact, this mock trailer depicting 2016 as a horror movie is perfect and truly captures the spirit of the year we experienced through the news and online. Still, I’d be remiss if...

Cosplay Has Tried To Make Me, a Fat, Black Woman, Invisible

By: TaLynn Kel I never considered myself a geek until I picked up a new hobby, costume play, aka cosplay. It’s one of those things that happened organically: someone took me to a geek convention, I saw people in costume, and not once did it occur to me not to dress up like them. Before I’d been there an...

The Star Wars Universe is Proliferated with Brunette White Female Protagonists

  Republished From Just Add Color I love the new direction Star Wars is taking with The Force Awakens and now Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I even support the fact that Rogue One is rumored to be the first Star Wars film not to begin with the classic Star Wars preamble crawl. Rogue One is also running with the diverse platform The Force...

I Am Saved By The Bell’s Lisa Turtle

  Republished from Just Add Color I've suddenly come to a realization. I am Saved By The Bell's Lisa Turtle. I'm not her in the sense that I'm fabulously wealthy. The way I'm like Lisa Turtle is that on paper, I have what every guy is supposedly looking for (or so they say): brains, looks (if I may say...

Words of Wisdom from Hidden Figures Author Margot Lee Shetterly

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After sitting down for an interview and writing, "Hidden Figures: Turning Science Fiction into Science Fact" about best-selling author Margot Lee Shetterly I left inspired and excited, not just about Hidden Figures but about life. Here are few snippets from the interview that don't just quote the author but are excellent words of advice...
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